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Using Metrics to Achieve Results
It's easy to fall into the trap of too many metrics/too little useful information. The trick is to use your metrics to drive performance in your facility — based on the principles of benchmarking that YOU apply to your unique situation.

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Systems Logic, the pioneers of Visual Logistics take their turnkey WMS solution on a coast to coast tour.

Learn how Systems Logic helped D+S Distribution (Wooster, OH) go paperless, reduce administrative costs by 60%, and achieve an inventory accuracy of over 99.993%, in under 4 months!
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UNEX Manufacturing
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Adapt for today, live to handle tomorrow
Material Handling & Logistics    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the old days of material handling systems design (circa year 2007), the input you needed to develop a plan was based on past levels of material handling activity, a five-year business plan and an understanding of how future requirements may vary. So, if you understood the yearly receiving, storing, picking, packing and shipping level activity of a distribution center, you were able to gain a feel for how the business was going to change over the next five years and what level of sensitivity analysis you needed to perform. In short, you were ready to begin the design of the material handling system. More

Boost Warehouse Efficiency
Through Slotting Optimization


A properly slotted warehouse drives down operating cost and improves overall distribution efficiency. TZA offers an economics-based slotting software solution that considers real world operating costs to optimize product placement. To find out how to boost distribution center productivity by 6% to 8%, schedule a Slot3D demonstration.


3PLs and the role of government
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From large to small, logistics services providers should be concerned about how legislation — ranging from food safety laws to union rules to wage and labor guidelines — will affect them, says John E. Wagner Jr., president of Wagner Industries. More

GS1 ratifies EPC HF standard, aerospace tag-data amendment
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Nonprofit supply chain standards organization GS1 ratified two EPCglobal standards last month: the EPC HF RFID Air Interface Protocol version 2.0.3, and the Tag Data Standard version 1.6. The new air-interface protocol will enable 13.56 MHz RFID technology to be utilized with Electronic Product Code numbers, while the updated TDS will allow aerospace and defense users to include their own industry headers in the existing EPC identification system. Both standards can be downloaded for free from the EPCglobal section of GS1's website. More

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New California law requires supply chain disclosures
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The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 is set to go into effect Jan. 1, 2012. Are you ready? The new law, which will impose disclosure obligations on all retailers and manufacturers that do business in California and have annual gross receipts that exceed $100 million, is designed to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from its direct supply chain for tangible goods offered for sale. More

11 tips for effective negotiations with suppliers
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Reducing supply expenses takes costs out of the system permanently and reroutes dollars directly to your ambulatory surgery center's bottom line. For most purchases, it is more cost effective to rely on your GPO contract, which may cover as much as 80 percent of your routine supply and services needs. For some purchases, however, it may be worth your while to take a more aggressive approach. The following are 11 tips for improving supply chain negotiations. More
A True Global Warehouse Network

Yusen Logistics operates an extensive network of warehouse facilities across the U.S. Committed to our in-house Five "S" Quality Pledge (Safety, Savings, Sanitation, Standards, Satisfaction), we work to maintain the highest standards in every aspect of our business, always innovating to create advantage for you.
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End-to-End Fulfillment Systems
Cornerstone Automation Systems offers order picking systems and a full line of technologies to automate order fulfillment requirements, ranging from operator assisted to fully automatic fulfillment. CASI builds turnkey systems to optimize end-to-end fulfillment including receiving, putaway, picking, shipping, and sortation.
Convert Pallet Rack into Carton Flow
Span-Track carton flow track by UNEX ‘drops-in’ to any new or existing pallet rack structure. Convert static storage into dynamic order-picking modules. Span-Track’s full width roller provides more contact surface than any other carton flow to deliver superior flow with product always at the pick point. Request a free sample…



Mobility solutions for the grocery distribution industry
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In light of the recent passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act, trace and track technology within the grocery supply chain is more important than ever. Research by VDC, WERC, ARC and Aberdeen concludes the essential processes in distribution operations are relatively common across all industries. These operations are usually high-volume, complex operating environments with many different handling characteristics. Typically, the margins in the grocery industry are also very low. Therefore, streamlining operations and controlling costs are paramount to their success. More

TSA backs off deadline for 100 percent air cargo screening
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Transportation Security Administration has decided not to proceed with its Dec. 31 deadline for 100 percent screening of cargo on international passenger aircraft bound for the United States. That decision has won the approval Michael Steen, chairman of the International Air Cargo Association. "We wish to commend TSA on this decision," Steen says. "We fully recognize its intention to enhance existing air cargo security programs, but it is showing the foresight to listen to, and work with, the industry towards this objective." More

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Pallet reader survey: Usage on the rise
Modern Materials Handling    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
At any given moment in time, there are nearly 2 billion pallets on the move across the United States. New, used, metal, plastic, corrugated, wood or wood composite, pallets are, quite literally, the foundation of the materials handling industry. For those outside of the materials handling industry, pallets might seem like a just basic commodity. But for those of us on the inside, pallets are an essential component that can have a major impact on an operation's process and ultimately its bottom line. More

Daniel Goleman: The must-have leadership skill
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"We hired a new CEO, but had to let him go after just seven months," the chairman of an East Coast think tank complained to me recently. "His resume looked spectacular, he did splendidly in all the interviews. But within a week or two we were hearing pushback from the staff. They were telling us, 'You hired a first-rate economist with zero social intelligence.' He was pure command and control." More

Vault Logistics- Driving business growth
Vault provides 3PLservices at all levels of the supply chain. While operating independently, Vault Logistics is built on, and backed by Old Dominion’s 75 years of transportation and logistics expertise.

We have supply chain expertise, business-focused problem solving skills, proven technology and a track record of exceptional service to help grow your business.
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US demand for flexible packaging to exceed $18 billion in 2015
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Demand for converted flexible packaging is projected to increase 3.8 percent annually to $18.2 billion in 2015. That's according to a new study, "Converted Flexible Packaging," from industry research firm The Freedonia Group Inc. The study adds that gains will be similar to the pace of the 2005-2010 period based on the well-established presence of pouches in a number of food and nonfood markets coupled with overall deceleration in raw material price growth. Converted flexible packaging's source reduction capabilities also will be increasingly advantageous in light of initiatives by major retailers and packaged goods firms to evaluate their packaging in terms of eco-friendliness and cost reduction. More

Warehouse space: Industrial market slowly improves
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When Emerson Ecologics, a Bedford, N.H.-based distributor of nutritional supplements, decided to open a new East Coast distribution center last year, the company looked in several states. Emerson Ecologics searched Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia for suitable sites, said Andy Greenawalt, the chief executive officer of the 30-year-old company, which supplies thousands of vitamins and other nutritional products to health care professionals nationwide. More

How Electronic Postage Technology Demystifies International Shipping

Learn how DYMO Endicia's leaders have collaborated on a white paper that explains how simple-to-use electronic postage solutions can open up international markets for small businesses. By eliminating complexity, streamlining process and providing scalability and customization in international shipping, DYMO Endicia's electronic postage solution is helping make business borderless for companies of all sizes.

Click here to access the white paper.


Behind delivering 'wow'
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Order a pair of shoes from Zappos.com, and the online retailer will have them on the way within hours and at your door the next day. They don't fit or just don't suit you? Send them back, and Zappos will pick up the shipping tab. Sound appealing? You're not alone. That kind of service — the company calls it "delivering WOW" — has earned Zappos.com a fiercely loyal following. It also has resulted in blistering growth. More

Cisco's packaging diet: Just how sustainable is it?
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Packaging is too often a manifestation of excess and waste. All that extra cushioning. All of those individually wrapped parts. Not to mention packaging that is not easily recycled. Product manuals and accessories that are often just thrown away. More



Empowering the next wave of sustainability leaders
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Society's most critical natural resources are increasingly strained as global population spikes and industrialization increases at an unsustainable rate. Water, one of the most basic necessities of human life, is becoming scarce as supplies dwindle while demand increases. Some experts predict that water scarcity could affect as much as three quarters of our population — or 6.9 billion people — by 2050. In addition, as globalization presses forward, energy consumption, intrinsically linked to water consumption, will continue to escalate. More

New book argues that supply chains require common sense, advanced technology to survive
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Most companies are ill-equipped, ill-prepared and ill-situated to effectively compete in the global marketplace of the 21st century. So says Michael J. Stolarczyk, president of Kontane Logistics, in his book, "Logical Logistics: A Common Sense Primer for Your Supply Chain." "The globalization of commerce has made sophisticated logistics technology a necessity for companies large and small," he writes. More

Don't Miss MODEXSM 2012

See and compare solutions for your manufacturing, logistics and supply chain operations and network with your peers at MODEX 2012. Discover equipment and systems solutions and learn about the latest supply chain innovations and leading trends. Explore 500 exhibits and choose from a variety of educational sessions.
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Firms try to paint their supply chains green
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In the third of an eight-week series leading up to Fairfax Media and PwC's Sustainable60 awards in November, Nick Krause puts sustainable procurement under the microscope and finds Kiwi companies are slowly catching on to what's becoming a global norm. If there was a poster boy for sustainable procurement in New Zealand, then global dairy giant Fonterra would surely be it. The concept is gaining momentum almost daily within the company, says Spring Humphries, Fonterra's eco-efficiency program manager, mainly because of growing pressure for exporters worldwide to have a green supply chain. More

Ford, Microsoft announce supply chain info drives
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Microsoft and Ford both have launched efforts aimed at increasing the amount of information available on their vendors' commitments to social and environmental policies. Starting in 2013, the software giant will require a cross section of its suppliers to provide reports on their adherence to the requirements listed in the existing Microsoft Vendor Code of Conduct. At the same time it will begin including a summary of information from the vendor reports in its annual Citizenship Report. Meanwhile, Ford announced it has more than tripled the size of its program aimed at understanding and measuring its suppliers' carbon footprint. More

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Why supply chain projects fail
The 21st Century Supply Chain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Monique Rupert writes, "I recently read a blog on The New Supply Chain Agenda Blog titled 'Managing Supply Chain Change.' I was reading this article because I run the professional services group at a supply chain software company and I always am interested in why supply chain projects may fail, so I can ensure improvements are made in my own projects to mitigate the risk of failure." More

Workplace study's conclusions are kind of a stretch
Material Flows    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The expression "that's a stretch" usually gets applied to statements or conclusions that are built on faulty premises. So how do you best describe a weakly supported conclusion about the very act of stretching? A stretch about stretching? There are plenty of special interest groups that will trot out some study or another that will tell you there are many benefits to indulging in something that's not really good for you, whether it be liquor, coffee, chocolate or some other vice. But it's rare when somebody will cite a study that says something good for you is actually not so good for you. There's always a reason, though, after you connect all the dots. More


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